While on Optional Practical Training (OPT), you must continue to update the Office of International Services (OIS) in order to maintain your F-1 visa status. OIS is responsible for reporting this information on your behalf through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS).

What

Information on Employment, Address, and Personal Information

When

Within 10 days of any change

How

In IP Connect or via email

the SEVP Student Portal functions best as a view-only platform at this time; do not submit changes directly to SEVP

Why

If your SEVIS record remains un-updated you may be considered unemployed which could result in the termination of your employment authorization

Traveling Outside the US while on OPT?

If you plan to return, you can request a travel signature if you plan to visit our office in person or a new I-20 if you need one mailed to you. Remember that travel signatures should be updated every 6 months for travel on OPT, and that you should carry these important documents with you.

If you will depart the US and discontinue your OPT, let us know by filling out a departure form.


STEM OPT Students

Initial Application
Submit up to 90 days before EAD ends: 
Starting New Employment
Submit within 10 days of employment change: 
Ending Employment
Submit within 10 days of employment change: 
Additional Requirements for STEM OPT

In addition to the above reporting requirements, students on the 24-month STEM OPT Extension are required to confirm their employment every 6 months and submit periodic evaluations. Refer to the dates listed on your STEM EAD. All evaluations can be found on page 5 of the Form I-983.

At 6 months
   

Validation Report

At 12 months
   

Validation Report + Evaluation

At 18 months
   

Validation Report